INSIDE: The Complete Guide to Japanese Furniture Shops in Tokyo and Japan. Updated 2019.
Let’s take a moment to bow down in homage to good Japanese furniture stores.
Visiting a Japanese furniture shop is my ultimate day out. I dream of the day I’m rich enough to import the lot!
In the meantime, I keep browsing… AND buying all the Japanese homeware accessories to placate my dreams.
Japanese home furniture is simple and wholesome, with a natural aesthetic and sleek design, erring on the side of minimalism.
When combined with traditional tatami mats and shoji screens, the traditional Japanese house or ryokan creates a mood of peacefulness.
But anyone can bring a little of that sensibility into their home with a few select pieces of Japanese furniture.
The Best Japanese Furniture Store
If you are wondering where to buy Japanese furniture in Tokyo, take a look at our guide to the best Japanese furniture stores in Tokyo below.
Image credit: Muji
MUJI Shibuya in Tokyo is our favourite Japanese store in the world for everything to do with keeping an organised wholesome home.
The MUJI furniture collection allows you to furnish your interior in style, following MUJI’s concept of Chodo-Yoi, the notion of seeking the just right balance; between quality and price.
Their furniture is designed to utilise space efficiently and promote a restful environment.
The MUJI furniture range includes:
- MUJI bedroom furniture including bed frames, bedheads, mattress, and oak chests for folded clothing
- Natural Oak desks, round chairs in oak and walnut, and oak benches
- MUJI sofas, and foldaway guest mattresses
- MUJI tables and chairs for the Japanese living room
- MUJI shelving and MUJI drawer sets, all suitable for the home or office
- MUJI coat racks, coat trees, and mirrors
Even if you are not in the market for Japanese furniture right now, you can purchase functional MUJI home accessories that are designed to co-ordinate with the furniture ranges.
I LOVE the simple bathroom range at MUJI, especially the MUJI Japan ladles for bathing, and bath stools.
The white Japanese tableware at MUJI and the wooden serving trays delight my inner organiser.
But the thing I buy every trip to Japan is a new MUJI Duvet cover (doona) and a new pair of denim cotton slippers.
(Oh, and LOTS of MUJI stationery. I buy up the shop.)
Image credit – Nitori
Nitori Japanese furniture and homewares store is the go-to store for asian inspired furniture and cute Japanese homewares, somewhat like Ikea.
Visit a large store to see their range of affordable Japanese furniture and Japanese homewares including:
- Japanese bed mattresses
- Futon and bedding comforters
- Side tables
- Storage options and clothing storage shelving
- Japanese sofas and Japanese living room furniture
- Japanese bookshelves
- Combination desks & PC workstations
- Chairs and dining tables
- Japanese kitchenware and cookware
- Kitchen accessories
- Japanese tableware
My favourite things at Nitori are Japanese seat chairs. They remind me of the Hello Kitty one I carried home from Japan as excess luggage as an 18 year old!
For those with kids, or who love quirky eccentric design, you’ll be pleased to know you can buy these ‘toast’-inspired limited edition seat chairs, a step up from the one I bought! They sell ‘Japanese melon bread’ themed reclining seat chairs too!
Better on the budget than Muji, Nitori is a must visit shop for interior design hobbyists. You won’t leave empty-handed.
This Scandinavian chain sells ready-to-assemble furniture, plus housewares, in a warehouse-like space. The Japanese Ikea is much the same as Ikea anywhere in the world.
But I adore Ikea, and try to visit a new Ikea store in every country we visit, just to see the subtle differences in styling and interior design influenced by the country. It’s fun to see how they style Japanese decor.
And those Swedish meatballs taste good anywhere!
Handmade Japanese Furniture Store
Hide Takayama fashion Japanese style furniture from Japanese timber.
HIDA TAKAYAMA is one of the most famous places in Japan for wooden furniture. Their traditional Japanese furniture has been in production since the beginning of the 20th century. Their designers include some of the most respected names in the Japanese furniture design business.
- Japanese furniture for small spaces
- Japanese style dining table and chairs
Take a look at all the glorious furniture products they make at Hide Takayama here.
WOOD YOU LIKE
Wood You Like make beloved Japanese inspired furniture made from beautiful woods of Japan including the 5 types of trees: Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Orc, and Tuft. They’ve been in business since 1983.
Their handmade furniture is made with love. Each piece is produced by hand, with one craftsperson in charge of the whole process from beginning to completion, allowing them to fall in love with the piece and give it their all.
Their Japanese living room furniture includes:
- sideboards and consoles
- tv stands
- wall storage
- small shelves, chests
- bookshelves and cupboards
- desks and chairs
- dining tables
- Japanese cabinet
- stools and childrens furniture
- sofas and armchairs including the spectacular Rainbow chair pictured above.
They also make Traditional Japanese bedroom furniture including ornate beds, and dressers for the bedroom.
Take a peek inside their handmade furniture factory on Instagram to see their craftspeople in action and the different stages their furniture goes through during the creation process.
BUILDING FUNDAMENTAL FURNITURE
“Fundamental furniture = fundamental furniture and furniture that is the basis of life”
The most important features of Fundamental Furniture pieces are their beautiful structure, the accuracy of the finish, and the rich expression of the material. Any additional decoration has been purposely left out so that the quality of the pieces speak for themselves.
The team of young Japanese craftsmen spend their days giving each piece individual attention and love, in a workshop space close to Tokyo.
All Fundamental furniture pieces are designed so they can be adapted and changed around for the long term, as the family grows and changes.
Antique Japanese Furniture
Kanarusha is a Japanese furniture shop focusing on Japanese antique furniture.
Their claim to fame is vintage timber Japanese Tansu chests made in the Meiji period. Tansu chests can be used for shoe storage, closests, merchants chests to store family treasures, as sideboards, and as decorative Japanese living room pieces.
They offer a repair service too.
Kanarusha also sell Japanese home decor including:
- Old Imari antique pottery
- Curios and Japanese folk art
- Japanese Lacquer ware
- Kougei antique art
- Kurado fittings – stained glass doors and windows
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